quarta-feira, 2 de março de 2016

The ICC's Prosecutor says destruction of Timbuktu is a war crime

The Declaration was made at a preliminary hearing of the case against the Tuareg Ahmad Al-Faqi Al-Mahdi, who is believed to be one of the leaders of the Group Ansar Dine, associated to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

The "jihadist" will be the first to be tried by the ICC for destruction of historical and religious buildings.

The Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said the charges filed against Al-Faqi Al-Madhi involve fairly serious crimes. It is the destruction of irreplaceable historical monuments and a callous attack against the dignity and identity of entire populations, as well as their religion and historical roots ".

Known as the "City of 333 Saints", Timbukt u was a major intellectual center of Islam and the mausoleums were part of UNESCO World Heritage. The United Nations Educational, scientific and cultural organization sponsored the reconstruction of the places, but its filling was irretrievably lost.

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